Goals and Highlights: England 4-0 Bulgaria, UEFA European Championship 2020 Qualifying
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That's all for now, but stick with VAVEL over the next few days for more Euro qualifying coverage from the second round of September matches. 
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Ultimately, England turned in a decent performance without ever getting close to their heights. Southgate will want a bit more against Kosovo on Tuesday.

They could have used a bit more inspiration at times. The likes of Maddison, Sancho and Oxlade-Chamberlain could well provide that if they are selected from the off at St Mary's. Southgate's selection wound up looking a little conservative.

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Kane will pick up the match ball after his decisive contribution. A couple of penalties and a tap-in, but they all count. He also laid on Sterling for England's third. 
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Full time: England 4-0 Bulgaria

England got five in their first two qualifiers, but they'll have to settle for four today. 

They top Group A with nine points and a game in hand. 

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A full-blooded challenge from Rose earns him a yellow in the dying seconds. Slightly needless, if certainly committed. 
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Only two minutes added on at the end of the ninety. This one's been fizzling out. 
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87' England very nearly get a fifth after Rashford and Barkley link-up brilliantly. The prodded effort rebounds away off Iliev's face. 
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82' A final change for Bulgaria. Ivanov off, Mlandenov on. 
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79' Rashford has unsurprisingly moved into the middle now, flanked by Sancho and Mount. 
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77' It's safe to take Kane off now that he's got his hat-trick. Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on for his first international minutes since March 2018. 
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76' Pickford has to tip Popov's effort over the top.
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74' Very clumsy from England. A couple of short, hurried passes from Trippier and then Pickford before an under-pressure Maguire commits a foul just outside the box. 
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Goal! England 4-0 Montenegro

73' Kane completes his hat-trick, this time going the other way and beating Iliev. 
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Another England penalty

72' Kane latches onto Barkley's quick free-kick, races into the area and is fouled by Dimitrov, the man brought on for Bodurov who gave away the first penalty. 
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Sancho on

71' England's second alteration sees Sancho replace goalscorer Sterling. Not a bad bench option. 
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Mount on for his debut

66' Henderson makes way for Mount in England's first switch. Can he mark his first outing with a goal after his strong form for Chelsea?
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65' Bulgaria are the first to make a change. The booked Bodurov, who gave away the penalty, is replaced by Dimitrov. 
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65' Bulgaria are the first to make a change. The booked Bodurov, who gave away the penalty, is replaced by Dimitrov. 
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64' The fourth is looking imminent. Kane nearly gets on the end of a Rashford cross for a tap-in. 
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60' You wouldn't be surprised to see England get five or six now. Southgate will likely throw some youngsters into the mix soon. 
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56' Kane wins the ball back in the Bulgaria half, combines with Rashford and then squares for Sterling, who can't miss. His seventh of the season for club and country. 
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Goal! England 3-0 Bulgaria

56' England have another courtesy of Sterling...
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53' Barkley turns into space well into the area but can't find a white shirt with his pass. England hungry for more.
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51' Maguire has a free header which he looks to knock into the danger zone but it drifts through harmlessly.
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50' England snatch possession back swiftly after kick-off and have a corner in a matter of seconds.
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Goal! England 2-0 Bulgaria

49' Top penalty, high into the right corner. Three points should be in the bag.
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49' Bodurov slides in slightly desperately after Rashford beats him for peace. A penalty was always going to be given. Kane to take...
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Penalty to England

49' Well England will be slightly nervous now...
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Bulgaria chance

48' An excellent Bulgaria interchange sets Wanderson through, but his powerful shot from the angle is beaten away by Pickford. Scare for England. 
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46' Bulgaria start on the front foot but Pickford is alert enough to gather an attempted through ball. 
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46' Bulgaria get us going again. 
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Both teams are back out. Let's hope for a bit more intensity in this second half. 
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Best players of the half

Those white shirts haven't been able to show their class so far, but there have been flashes of promise from Barkley, looking to provide the spark, and Rose, who has been a good outlet out wide.
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Such a shame from Bulgaria's point of view to give away a goal so cheaply. They had executed their gameplan to perfection prior to that.

England will hope to make their quality really show in the second period after a slow start. 

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Half time

The second doesn't arrive before the referee's whistle. That means, I suppose, that Bulgaria are still in this, having had a couple of chances themselves. 
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45' England turning up the pressure as they hunt a second. Another corner kick. 
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43' They do fashion a chance as Trippier combines with former team-mate Kane. The latter's header is straight at the 'keeper.
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43' England corner won by Barkley. Can the hosts build a cushion before the break?
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38' More joy for Rose on the left flank but this time the cut-back doesn't find a white shirt.

Henderson's cross just evades Kane moments later.

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36' Bodurov picks up a tactical yellow for dragging back Rashford to halt a dangerous counter. 
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35' England squander a chance for a second. Rose gets free down the left and finds Sterling with his ball across, but after a heavy touch the opportunity is gone. Had he controlled it, the net would surely have been bulging. 
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31' A second good chance of the game for Bulgaria. One Popov crosses for another, but the attacker can't make Pickford work to save the free header. 
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30' Keane in the book for a late tackle on Marcelinho. 
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27' There's more confidence and more intensity about  England now. Will that Kane goal set in motion a rout?
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24' Sterling is able to snatch possession in the Bulgaria box as they try, and fail, to play out from the back, and he can tee-up an easy finish for Kane. 1-0. 
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GOAL! England 1-0 Bulgaria

24' Oh dear, Bulgaria had been doing so well but they've gifted England the lead. 
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23' Rashford shapes to shoot from around 30 yards and does indeed have a go, but Iliev can watch it sail over.
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22' Plenty of possession for England in non-threatening areas, but they're struggling to break the lines.

Quarter of the way through the match, still 0-0.

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19' England see a goal ruled out for offside. They catch Bulgaria on the counter, Sterling sliding across for Kane, who just went too early. 

A warning for the visitors against committing too many men too far forward. 

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15' Rose takes down Maguire's clipped ball and crosses towards Henderson and though the Liverpool man gets plenty of power, he can't direct it on target. England's first attempt on goal. 
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11' The corner bypasses plenty of heads but there's ultimately no harm done for Bulgaria. 
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11' Sterling's burst of pace sees him past his man and his cross has to be headed behind for a corner. 
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7' England deal with it easily. 
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7' And now the visitors have a corner...
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5' Saying that, it's Bulgaria who have fashioned the first chance. Pickford is able to make a fairly simple save after Marcelinho fires goalwards following a cut-back from Wanderson. 
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5' The pattern of the game is already clear as England encounter two lines of defence, a five-man backline and a four-man midfield.
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3' ...Bulgaria are able to clear at the second time of asking
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2' Corner for England as they press for an early breakthrough...
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Ross Barkley gets us going.
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National anthem time. 
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Teams are out

The two teams emerge from the tunnel to a good reception. Decent attendance at Wembley, albeit with a few patches of empty seats.
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Maguire concern

Momentary fears for England after a clash of heads between Harry Maguire and Declan Rice during the warmup, but both look to be okay. 
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Rivals for top spot beaten

A boost for England, perhaps, as Kosovo defeat the Czech Republic, who had been the Three Lions' closest challengers.

They could move onto nine points today, a point clear of Kosovo despite having played a game fewer.

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The England bench

Southgate can call upon a whole host of exciting talent from amongst his substitutes.

The bench in full: Heaton, Pope, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Mings, Chilwell, Winks, Mount, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Maddison, Sancho, Wilson.

Jesse Lingard has left the England camp due to illness.

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Bulgaria XI

Iliev; S. Popov, Bodurov, Bozhikov, Nedyalkov; Sarmov; Ivanov, I. Popov, Malinov, Wanderson; Marcelinho.
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England XI

England line-up largely as expected:

Pickford; Trippier, Keane, Maguire, Rose; Rice, Henderson, Barkley; Sterling, Kane, Rashford. 

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That's all for now. We should have full team news an hour or so before kick-off, so check back then. 
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Berbatov's verdict

Former Manchester United and Spurs striker and Bulgaria legend Dimitar Berbatov admits the visitors will need a 'miracle' despite their 'excellent spirit'.

"The hosts are overwhelming favourites because they have world class players, but miracles happen in football.

"This is a relatively young Bulgarian team. It isn't dominated by one outstanding player, like Histro Stoichkov back in the day, or when I was in the team. What I like most about this Bulgarian team is their excellent spirit."

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Southgate looks ahead to 'new international season'

Southgate is hoping England can find another level in the coming weeks, building on the promise they have showed throughout his tenure.

"We have to keep striving to improve and I think the mentality of the team is to do that, they're hungry to do that, they want to do that, they want to keep learning, we want to keep pushing each other every day in training, and if we do that, we'll take those performances onto the field. So for us, I'm looking forward to the new international season, if you like."

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Gareth Southgate will be hoping for a reasonably full and vocal Wembley amid the improved atmosphere surrounding last year's World Cup semifinalists. 

England have been touring stadiums around the country and will head to St Mary's to play Kosovo in midweek.

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Bulgaria's key man

Attacking midfielder Ivelin Popov will lead Bulgaria. The 31-year-old Rostov man has scored 15 goals across his 84 caps. 

The vast majority of their players ply their trade in their homeland.

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England team news

We already have a rough idea of who will start for England.

It's thought that Atletico Madrid's Kieran Trippier will get the nod at right-back over Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Danny Rose will start on the left ahead of Ben Chilwell.

Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson and Ross Barkley are expected to make up a three-man midfield. 

Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling are very likely to be part of the attacking trio. 

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Previous meetings

England have never lost against Bulgaria, winning six and drawing four of their ten meetings.

This is only their third clash since the turn of the century. They last faced one another during qualifying for Euro 2012, with England winning the games 4-0 (H) and 3-0 (A). 

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Bulgaria's form

Bulgaria opened with draws against Montenegro and Kosovo, but have fallen to two narrow defeats since.

The Czechs came from behind to beat them in June, before they were stunned by Kosovo in Sofia.

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England's form

The Three Lions started their qualifying campaign back in March with two emphatic victories. They hammered Czech Republic 5-0 at Wembley before winning 5-1 in Montenegro

This is their first game since they claimed third place in the Nations League by beating Switzerland on penalties.

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How Group A looks

England top the standings despite playing fewer matches than any of their rivals. Two wins from two has them leading Czech Republic.

Bulgaria, meanwhile, have only managed a pair of draws from their first four matches. Defeat here and their hopes will be hanging by a thread. 

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